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Old 10-16-2015, 08:59 PM
 
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Hi. I am hoping to get some suggestions for a career path for someone who has a math disability. The excel in language arts, but they can barely pass basic math classes. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:12 PM
 
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How much of a "disability" do you have? Just being poor at math doesn't eliminate as many careers as you think it does, unless it's Engineering, Physics, Accounting etc.

I have been terrible at math since I was in Elementary school. I have a vivid memory of throwing a math book across the room and into a wall because I was struggling with my homework in 3rd grade. By the time I was in Middle school, I had frequent C's in math classes and all my other grades were A's, a pattern that continued in HS. In college, I actually failed my first math class and was gifted a D when I retook it. But I managed to finish college at a very good state school with a 3.4 GPA and a BS degree with a minor in a business discipline, so I had to take math and number related classes including Accounting and Statistics. My grades in those classes were terrible (C's mostly) but my other grades were mostly A's and a few B's, so it all evened out.

I then went on to get a Master's degree at a Southern Ivy. All the while still sucking at math (and again having to take some math related classes).

It was only when I began working and spending a lot of time looking at spreadsheets that I discovered that I often invert numbers. I am certain that is a major factor in why I had always done poorly in math.

My rather long winded point is this, you can find a work around the math problem in a great many career paths. Not all, but many, if not most.

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Old 10-17-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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first, being bad at math is not a disability..

Second, it doesn't really matter.

I've known people who said they were bad at math; and ended up very high up in the financial services industry.

It depends on what type of job the person wants and what their education is. Most jobs that are going to pay anything half way decent require at least a bachelor's degree.
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Old 10-17-2015, 08:50 PM
 
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first, being bad at math is not a disability..

Second, it doesn't really matter.

I've known people who said they were bad at math; and ended up very high up in the financial services industry.

It depends on what type of job the person wants and what their education is. Most jobs that are going to pay anything half way decent require at least a bachelor's degree.
LD math--learning disability...this is a high school student getting ready to graduate....diagnosed and has a 504 plan due to the math disability....

https://www.understood.org/en/learni...ng-dyscalculia
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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LD math--learning disability...this is a high school student getting ready to graduate....diagnosed and has a 504 plan due to the math disability....

https://www.understood.org/en/learni...ng-dyscalculia
ok.. so that's new to me.. how about you give more information other than "bad at math" for some actual insight?

You're not going to get anything useful on these forums by being so vague. Not trying to be mean, but that's just how this works. How old is this person, what level of education do they have? what other interests do they have that would be career related?
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Old 09-12-2016, 01:24 PM
 
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first, being bad at math is not a disability..

Second, it doesn't really matter.

I've known people who said they were bad at math; and ended up very high up in the financial services industry.

It depends on what type of job the person wants and what their education is. Most jobs that are going to pay anything half way decent require at least a bachelor's degree.
And not being able to walk is due to laziness? According to you!

Disability is not always something someone can see. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia.

The actor who played Harry Potter has a Dys disability. Disabilities are REAL whether or not you can see them.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:00 PM
 
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LD math--learning disability...this is a high school student getting ready to graduate....diagnosed and has a 504 plan due to the math disability....

https://www.understood.org/en/learni...ng-dyscalculia
How bad at math are we talking?

Can this person do basic arithmetic or are we talking about just having problems with something like algebra?
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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Just because you have an IEP with something doesn't mean you need to avoid that thing altogether. I have an attorney friend who is a partner at a law firm who has dyslexia. He was an above average law student with no accommodations given. At first I thought this was a strange career for him to choose since writing is so big for attorneys, but clearly it's worked out well for him. He's managed to develop strategies to cope with his dyslexia, particularly with the technology available today.

The point is, don't necessarily rule something out because it seems like it might have math. My field is mostly NOT related to math and people say they don't know about math, but it still has a math element and a discussion of algorithms, so I am not sure there are many places where you are truly in the clear.
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:57 PM
 
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I worked at a call center where no math was required. I got a promotion and regular pay raises through the union without even asking for it. This might be something you want to check into as a first job to gain experience.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:23 PM
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Writing -- I suck at math.
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